TO GET OUT (director: Hal
Ashby; screenwriters: Al Schwartz/Jon Voight;
Wexler; editor: Robert C. Jones; music: Johnny Mandel;
cast: Jon Voight (Alex Kovac), Ann-Margret (Patti Warner), Burt Young (Jerry Feldman), Bert Remsen (Smitty), Jude Farese (Harry), Allen Keller (Joey), Richard Bradford (Bernie Gold), Stacey Pickren (Rusty), Samantha Harper (Lillian), Fox Harris (Harvey); Runtime:
104; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Robert Schaffel; Warner Home Video;
"Moronic comedy that's pleasant enough until it runs out of steam in the third act."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Moronic comedy that's pleasant enough until it runs out of steam in the third act and tries to get by with a poorly scripted ending. Hal Ashby ("The Landlord"/"Harold and Maude"/"Coming Home") directs, but complains Paramount butchered his film on the cutting board. It's based on a flabby script co-written by Al Schwartz and the star/producer Jon Voight.
Fast-talker charmer Alex
and the dimwitted Jerry Feldman
are obnoxious loser roommates residing in NYC. Alex in
order to avoid paying off his $10,000 gambling debt
over a backroom
poker game to
mobster Harry (Jude
with loyal bud Jerry to Las Vegas. There Harry's
goon Joey (Allen
Keller) catch up with Alex after
he cons his way into getting the ultra-luxury Dr.
Zhivago suite for free and is staked to $10,000 in
chips by falsely claiming Jerry is a good friend of the MGM Grand Hotel owner Bernie Gold (Richard Bradford).
Alex meets his girlfriend
hooker, with a heart of gold, from five years ago,
Patti Warner (Ann-Margret), who is the hotel owner's
kept woman. Out of old loyalties, Patti tries to make
things safe for her loser ex-boyfriend with her
current kind-hearted boyfriend boss. Later we learn
Alex is the father of her five year old daughter, and
understand why she still has feelings for such a jerk.
The cartoonish NYC thugs
threaten body harm to Alex unless he pays them.
Instead the boys hook-up as partners with once
card-shark but now because of bad luck a hotel waiter,
has a mathematical scheme to beat the casino at
blackjack and uses the boys' markers to beat the
The crude comedy doesn't
quite know how to play out its hand, and ends in a
sluggish fashion with an unbelievable casino slugfest
and a laughable but unbelievable twist ending.
Though an ill-conceived
venture, it still has enough laughs not to be the
total bomb some made it out to be.
REVIEWED ON 9/11/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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